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Old June 27, 2010, 06:48 AM
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Default Is there a difference betwen XFX BLACK EDITION HD5970 and ATI Radeon 5970

Hello - I was wondering if there is a difference betwen these two Video Cards:

ATI Radeon 5970, 2GB GDDR5 Ram, PCI-E


XFX BLACK EDITION HD5970 M. 2GB DDR5


I think i get confused about the XFX BLACK EDITION.


I need help :)

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Old June 27, 2010, 07:37 AM
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ATI is stock while the XFX Black Edition is pre-overclocked. If you plan on overclocking, the XFX Black Edition will probably overclock better than the stock ATI. But that is not always the case either.
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Old June 27, 2010, 07:47 AM
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I am not going to overclock anything at all.

So in "normal" mode, they preform the same?
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Old June 27, 2010, 08:03 AM
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The XFX Black Edition's "normal mode" is overclocked, but if you want to downclock it to the 5970's stock clocks, then yes, they will perform the exact same.
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Old June 27, 2010, 08:07 AM
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Now i understand thx
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Old June 27, 2010, 08:09 AM
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As with any pre-oc'd hardware, you're paying a premium for the fact that somebody has gone to the trouble to ensure that the chip is stable at a higher-than-stock speed, and then in the case of a vid card has tweaked the bios to run at those speeds normally.

For somebody who's not interested in OC'ing their gear it's a way to get a slightly better performing part out of the box.
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I dont know if i understand the last lines:
"For somebody who's not interested in OC'ing their gear it's a way to get a slightly better performing part out of the box."

So if i am not planning to OC my Video card, then the XFX version is in no need?

The ATI Radeon 5970, 2GB GDDR5 Ram, would be as good as the XFX BLACK EDITION HD5970 M. 2GB DDR5 if i myself OC'ed it?
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Old June 27, 2010, 08:19 AM
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I dont know if i understand the last lines:
"For somebody who's not interested in OC'ing their gear it's a way to get a slightly better performing part out of the box."

So if i am not planning to OC my Video card, then the XFX version is in no need?

The ATI Radeon 5970, 2GB GDDR5 Ram, would be as good as the XFX BLACK EDITION HD5970 M. 2GB DDR5 if i myself OC'ed it?
Not quite.... what I meant was that if you didn't want to go through the hassle of OC'ing the card yourself, it's already done and will boot at an OC'd speed right out of the box.

As far as getting the same performance out of a reference card if you OC'd it yourself... the chances are pretty good that you'd be able to get the same speeds out of a reference card, but there are no guarantees.
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Old June 27, 2010, 08:31 AM
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How much does OC'ing HD 5970 increase in preformance?

10-20%?

Thanks for all the replies, helps me alot !
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Old June 27, 2010, 08:35 AM
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nope, probably 5-10% depending on the game. Be aware that the ATI 5970 is probably an OEM (original equipment manufacture) card and therefore the warranty might suck or you have to go through many hoops to get it replaced. XFX on the other hand has Double lifetime warranty, meaning you get the warranty and whoever you sell the card will get the warranty AS LONG AS you REGISTER the card.
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